Open access (30) Myth 2: Open access journals discriminate against authors who cannot afford article processing charges (5)

5 August, 2019


Thank you for the points in your posting. The information is very important to dispel the myths, and we shall do our utmost to circulate it because I am sure that most practitioners, researchers, authors and institutions may not be aware of the goodwill out there. All those publishers who offer waivers, do not ask for Author Pays Charges etc must be appreciated even as we continue to urge the others who do not do so presently to join the Free Open Access movement.

The main facts that need disseminating include:

- Singh et al. identified that 72% (n= 2509) Indian health researchers were not interested in the pay to publish route and that the main barrier to paying APCs was due to a lack of research grants

- Many fully OA journals do not charge APCs (DOAJ). One study has shown that only 27% of peer-reviewed OA journals (out of 14, 086 journals) have a confirmed publication fee

- Many other journals offer substantial waivers to authors from specific countries or for researchers with financial constraints (e.g. PLOS There are over 100 initiatives providing financial support for APCs

But this discussion on HIFA is timely and the movement to secure 100% free OA must continue because, ‘By contrast hybrid journals always charge an APC - and may do on top of other charges. For example, PNAS charges $1640 per research article with a surcharge of $1500 to make the article OA'.

Joseph Ana.


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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

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